Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 30, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Romans 8:26-30

Psalm 13

Luke 13:22-30

Our readings today balance challenge, assurance, and mercy.  Jesus tells us to go through the narrow gate.  Our call to love and to bring healing and justice requires sacrifice.  Making selfless choices is tough.  Sometimes even figuring out what a selfless and loving choice would be in a situation puts us in a bind.  What happens next is confusion.  We fall to temptation and any other bad habits we wish to leave behind.  We choose anger, frustration, resentment or selfishness.

Thankfully, as the other readings remind us, we have hope and we have an advocate.  We have the hope that comes from knowing that we serve a merciful God.  God’s infinite mercy gives us confidence to take the step we think is the right step, knowing that mercy abounds to bring us back on track if we misstep.

Sisters and brothers, we are not slogging through a narrow gate on our own.  We are not aiming for the narrow gate to claim a short-term win for self-discipline or glory.  When we journey with Jesus through the narrow gate, we work with Him to open the world around us to its beauty and bounty.  He also provides an advocate to pray with us and for us.  Think about one of the best prayer people you know.  Now take a few moments to relish in the thought that our relationship with Jesus brings powerful prayer on our behalf, constantly.   Isn’t that a great thought?  God knows we are often confused in our prayer life.  Can we even make time and space for the Holy Spirit within us to pray for ourselves and for others?  Can we take a few moments to listen after that prayer for wisdom and encouragement in order to take the next steps through the narrow gate?    Interesting questions – don’t you think. 

Question of the Day:  Will you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your prayer life?

Prayer:  Lord, through the light of your Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.  In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (From “A Book of Prayers 1982.)   



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